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Covid-19 Diaries: Kindness and Lifelines

I’m typing this one-handed, or rather, one-thumbed. I’m currently waiting until it’s safe to move the baby without waking her. It’s been 9 weeks since the UK went into lockdown. While restrictions have been lifted in England, here in NI they remain much the same. We’re allowed to meet non household members outdoors, but otherwise […]

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Getting to Know You: What advice would you give to your younger writing self?

Keep writing. It’s as simple as that. When I was 13 or 14, I wrote every day, often late into the night. The freedom I felt was amazing. Words flowing from my pen, ideas hammered onto the page with no hesitation. Then I got a little older. Then I felt the Fear. Then I stopped. […]

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Getting to Know You: What keeps you going when things are tough?

There are lots of things that keep me going – and lots of people who keep me going. Today, I’m going to focus on something that’s been happening recently, which has been giving me unending encouragement. Feathers. Yes, feathers. I’m not a hugely religous or superstitious person, and I don’t believe in a lot of […]

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Getting to Know You: How do you select the names of your characters?

This is one of the coolest things about fantasy writing! I get so much scope to create new words and interesting sounds. But, as I have a background in language with a limited amount of linguistics, I have a good idea about how languages work. I hope that lets me avoid the many pitfalls of […]

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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Five – Sentence Types

There are lots of different types of sentences but today I’m going to focus on the most basic sentence structures, as these are the building blocks of prose. To understand the mechanics of sentences, you first need to understand what a clause is. In the simplest of terms, a clause is part of a sentence. […]

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